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Art exhibit at NOVA-Alexandria explores worldwide social uprisings

An exhibition of about 90 ink and pencil drawings on paper by Nelson Gutierrez at the Alexandria Campus explores the latest social uprisings that have occurred around the world, including the Arab Spring and the unrest in Athens, Greece.

The drawings evoke a familiar image of demonstrators: dark clothes, designer tennis shoes, hooded jackets and backpacks. Their body language looks like it is extracted from choreographed events.

“The Death of Fear” will be on display from May 3 through June 6, 2013 in the Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA  22311.

The gallery, located on the upper level of the Schlesinger Center, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. An opening reception is scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Both the exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public.

Working from archival photographic material, Gutierrez’s work is an investigation on visual perception, media and the relationship between them. He looks at the connection between individual and collective identity and passive spectators versus active engagement.

Gutierrez is a Colombian-born artist who lives and works in Washington, D.C. He holds a master’s degree in fine arts from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, England and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the Universidad de Bogota Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogota, Colombia.

He has exhibited artwork in the United States, Colombia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. His work is part of several public and private collections including the Art Bank Collection in Washington, D.C. His work has been chosen by Tricia Van Eck, associate curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, for the Saatchi Online project, “100 curators 100 days.”

For more information about the exhibit, contact Linda Vitello at lvitello@nvcc.edu or 703-845-6156.

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